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gromit
Posted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:42 pm Reply with quote
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Maybe instead of a vote, we could turn it into a discussion. Discuss Best Picture this week. With everyone weighing in on favorites, and why.
and then tally up the choices.
Then move on to Best Actress or whatever after a few days or a week or whatever.
Secret ballot isn't terribly important, and then it will probably get done.

I'll start off with The Artist for Best Picture.
Mostly because everything else was mediocre.
But also, it's a real charmer.
Great performances, fun, witty, and it's not easy to make a good silent film in the 21st C.

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knox
Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:39 am Reply with quote
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The Descendants, Midnight in Paris, The Artist, Moneyball, A Separation, The Help, The Adjustment Bureau, Source Code, Take Shelter, The Tree of Life, and Limitless were all good films. Of those, I'd say The Descendants and A Separation stood out and I'd be hard put to say which one deserves a "best."


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gromit
Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:32 am Reply with quote
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Limitless?
I don't know what that is ...
Didn't see Take Shelter.
Don't recall what that is about.

I really thought The Artist and A Separation were the two standouts. The Descendants was fairly solid but seemed pretty ordinary to me. I liked Young Adult better, which had more of an edge than I expected.

I thought the first half of Mysteries of Lisbon was pretty good, but then it got repetitive. Really liked the opening and first half of The Temptation of St. Tony. And Tree of Life had some wonderful scenes and moments in a very mixed bag film.

Much preferred The Adjustment Bureau romp to the more stodgy Source Code. I also liked Another Earth in a bottom of my top 10 kind of way.

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billyweeds
Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:44 am Reply with quote
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The Artist was wildly overpraised for being a sweet, disarming little trifle in black and white and with almost no dialogue. It was charming, nothing less but absolutely nothing more. It was undeserving of even an Oscar nomination, much less the award itself.

A Separation was far and away the best movie of the year, and probably the decade. But it might be better placed in the Foreign Film category.

My top five American movies are War Horse, Bridesmaids, The Descendants, Drive, and Take Shelter--yes, not on most people's radar but a great film with two awe-inspiring performances by Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain.

My Best Actor and Best Actress are Michael Shannon (TS) and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids).


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knox
Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:52 am Reply with quote
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Take Shelter - thanks, BW, for another voice in praise. Deserved far more attention than it got (see it, Gromit).

Quote:
Much preferred The Adjustment Bureau romp to the more stodgy Source Code.
Forgot to include in my list, and just edited. I agree, actually. But I liked them both and thought they, with Limitless (Bradley with a super-brain drug), made 2011 a good sci-fi year. Oh, and yes, Another Earth was far more compelling than I expected.
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gromit
Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:06 pm Reply with quote
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billyweeds wrote:

My top five American movies are War Horse, Bridesmaids, The Descendants, Drive, and Take Shelter

Yipes, I only saw ONE of those, buy wasn't interested in 3 of them.

Take Shelter has been on a my to-see list, but the dvd hasn't turned up (or I've missed it). I'll have to peep the cover over at Amazon, so I'll know what to look for.

Meek's Cutoff and The Future are another two I was interested in seeing.

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billyweeds
Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:10 pm Reply with quote
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The Future is so twee it makes The Artist look gritty by comparison.
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billyweeds
Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:12 pm Reply with quote
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Limitless was very underrated, and Bradley Cooper was terrific in it, one of the really good male performances of the year. A magnificent acting job was done by Woody Harrelson in Rampart, another excellent movie which was completely negated by the Academy. Ellen Barkin in Another Happy Day was great.

Streep is a great actress, but The Iron Lady was almost indescribably terrible, so bad that IMO Streep's Oscar was undeserved. Why couldn't she have won for a great performance in a worthy film, like Postcards from the Edge, for instance?
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bartist
Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:34 pm Reply with quote
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Limitless: Knox, Billy - group hug!

The Future - "makes The Artist look gritty by comparison" - LOL - Miranda July used up her Get outta Jail Free card when she became a talking cat with an injured foot. This was an "art film," FCS, and art films aren't supposed to require a shot of insulin.

Gromit - don't know why Take Shelter is so hard to scrounge up in the people's repub - hope you find it.

Meek's Cutoff - I'm eagerly awaiting the RPG!

Seriously, interesting movie, and the "cutoff" ending is good for at least 15 minutes of drive-home conversation.

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billyweeds
Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:50 pm Reply with quote
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bartist--FCS. RPG. WTF??? ICNUAOT.
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gromit
Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:16 pm Reply with quote
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Fucking c**ksucker.
Rocket propelled grenade.
What's so hard to understand?

Limitless sounds kind of silly.
But if it works, maybe I'll give it a try.
I often get bored trying to follow a twisty plot, especially because then the characters usually become 2-dimensional.


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billyweeds
Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:18 pm Reply with quote
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gromit wrote:
Fucking cocksucker.
Rocket propelled grenade.
What's so hard to understand?

Limitless sounds kind of silly.
But if it works, maybe I'll give it a try.
I often get bored trying to follow a twisty plot, especially because then the characters usually become 2-dimensional.


Cooper makes it work. De Niro, OTOH (see, I can use them too), is in his "collect the paycheck" mode.
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billyweeds
Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:19 pm Reply with quote
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gromit wrote:
Fucking cocksucker.


Who was that directed at???

Just got it. "For Chrissake," right?

Now to decipher RPG. "Role-playing game"? Maybe, but I still don't get it.
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gromit
Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:19 pm Reply with quote
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Sorry, kinda crude.
But I thought it was funny.

I'm not that great at figuring those out either ...

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marantzo
Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 5:29 pm Reply with quote
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SciFi in that year from best down IMO (everyone knows what that is, right?) Limitless, Source Code, Adjustment Bureau. Limitless was excellent, Source Code, very good and Adjustment Bureau, good.

Billy and I agree on Limitless, but I thought DeNiro was very good in it. [/b]

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